Social Media for Seniors: A Guide

August 15, 2018 | BY PHS Staff

Here at Preferred HealthStaff, we’ve noticed that some seniors have a dim view of social media in general. Some think that it’s a waste of time. Others just think that it would be too complicated to get into. We’re here to say that social media isn’t actually that complicated and that it actually has a few different benefits to offer seniors. Let’s take a look at some of the most common social media services and the benefits of joining up.

Types of Social Media

Facebook

This is one of the biggest social media websites around. You can “friend” family members and friends on this website, where most people are using their real names. You can post pictures, status updates, and write to your friends and family easily. You can also find groups that could connect you to locals who have similar interests and other group activities.

Twitter

Twitter is for sending out short messages, a maximum of 280 characters. You can follow people you know, along with celebrities, politicians, and just about anyone else that you can think of with a public persona. You can also follow various news sources and easily keep up with the world around you.

Instagram

Instagram is simple. It’s just for posting pictures and videos of your day, preferably “instantly” like the name implies. It also offers filters that can make your pictures look better, which is great for seniors who don’t have the patience to learn about video editing software.

Benefits of Social Media

Keeping in Touch

As a provider of elderly care, we know that it can be harder to keep up with everyone you know as you get older. Regardless of your physical capabilities, a social media account can make it easier to stay in touch with everyone you know. Your friends and family members are just a click away. If your grandchildren or children have moved far away, you can still keep tabs on them and see what they’ve been up to since you’ve seen them.

Meet New People

In some cases, social media can help you meet new people safely. If you’re on Facebook, you may be able to find a group in your area that posts about events for seniors. You might be able to meet up with other seniors who share your interests in recreational activities, entertainment, and more. It may seem like staring at your phone or computer all day isn’t social, but you can actually find ways to meet many new people and do new things.

Find Work or Start a Business

If you’re on social media, you may even be able to start up a new business. If you have a talent for knitting, woodworking, or any other in-demand skill, you might just be able to find a following for your work. A Facebook or Twitter account could help you connect with more people who might find your specific talents worthwhile. If you don’t want to start your own business, social media can actually help seniors find other forms of work.

If you have any more questions about social media, don’t be afraid to reach out to the senior care experts here at Preferred HealthStaff. We’re ready to help seniors get the most out of their golden years.